The new album from These New Puritans is dark, and very atmospheric at points, but it is some album.
This album has fantastic depth to it, and the spirit of this record is probably what I like the best. The way that tracks are deconstructed and left bare, before building up again is sublime at times. A good example of this is on 'Organ Eternal' where only the strings are left after everything else cuts out before the track builds again.
My favourite track, I think, is 'Spiral'. It's got a very dark feel throughout, and Barnett' vocals are excellent, as is the accompaniment throughout. Another worthy mention is the starkness of 'Dream' which has an almost ethereal beauty to it, with it's slight dissonance in the bassline and haunting vocals.
It's a difficult album to describe well, and an even harder job to make sound good. It's a dark album, and some will certainly find it tough going, but if you sit and listen, the rewards are certainly there. The textures, production, instrumentation, and composition are absolutely first-rate.
So, while this may not be the easiest album to listen to, and it's certainly not background music for a party, it is really very good. Give it a chance and I really hope it rewards you as it has done to me.